Rush are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a gift to fans dubbed “12 Months of Rush,” with the prog-rock trio offering up a vinyl reissue of an album culled from the band’s Mercury Records catalog in chronological order every month in 2015. Following January’s Fly by Night and February’s Caress of Steel, Rush have a unique reissue planned for March: A vinyl edition of their classic 2112 that projects a hologram of the iconic album art when played. Check out a demo of the test pressing:
The 2112 Hologram Edition will arrive on March 17th along with a more conventional vinyl reissue of the band’s first live LP All the World’s a Stage. As the test pressing shows, shining a light on the run-out groove of 2112‘s second side while the album plays will magically project a hologram of the band’s “Red Star of the Federation.” The 2112 reissue, which guitarist Alex Lifeson called “the first album where we sounded like Rush,” will also come with a download card for a high resolution digital audio version of the 1976 LP.
In addition to the year’s worth of reissues, Rush will also embark on the North American leg of their 40th anniversary tour starting May 8th, even though drummer Neil Peart expressed ambivalence about returning the road when Rolling Stone spoke to him last month.
“People say to me, ‘Are you still excited when you go on tour?’ Should I be excited about leaving my family? No, and no one should,” Peart told Rolling Stone. “It’s as simple as that.” The band also hinted that the upcoming tour “will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.”